Dress tall: Quick tips for men to look taller, leaner

  • IANS, Los Angeles
  • Updated: Oct 13, 2014 19:26 IST

Do you think you are not tall enough? Men can accentuate their height by choosing the right length for pants or flaunting dark colours from top to bottom.

The right look can have long lasting effect on your personality and now is a great time to learn how to dress to look taller and slimmer because you can play with layers, reports huffingtonpost.com.

Make sure your pants aren't too long: When you have excess puddling of material around your ankles, the eye gets drawn downward, thereby making you look shorter.


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But, by having your pants hemmed to minimum break, you'll reduce all that unnecessary material thereby allowing the eye to rise up to the other details in your outfit and you looking taller.

Create as many vertical and diagonal lines within your look as possible: The eye follows whatever direction the lines go. So, if you have vertical or diagonal lines in your outfit, that's how the eye will travel, making you appear longer and leaner.


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These lines can be within patterns or as part of the lines in your clothing. This includes verticals and diagonals in your suit jacket and the vertical line created by a scarf. And don't forget about a hoodie and puffer vest combo. The vertical lines created by the zippers of the hoodie and vest work to elongate your look.

Wear dark colours and the same tones on top as on bottom: Light colours make things look larger, so it makes sense to wear dark colours if you want to appear slimmer.


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Another trick in this vein is to wear the same colour or at least similar tones of colour on top as you do on bottom. Likewise, avoid wearing a belt that contrasts strongly with the rest of your outfit, as it both draws attention to your waistline and makes you look shorter.

Use clothing details that draw attention to your upper half: When your look draws people's eyes upward, there's an automatic association with height, and as a result it creates visual length.


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One way to do this is to wear peak lapels on your suit jackets and sport coats. Another way is through coloured button threading on your lapels, pocket squares and scarves. When you add these details you bring the focus upward toward your chest, shoulders and face.

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